CHARLOTTETOWNS — Funnyman Wade Lynch is saying goodbye to the Confederation Centre of the Arts.
Lynch, the centre’s artistic director and a popular entertainer and director, is leaving the province, as his partner has accepted a position at Bishop’s University in Sherbrooke, Quebec.
“This is bitter-sweet,” said Lynch, who is well known for playing characters such as the Queen, Tony Whitcomb and Ebenezer Scrooge. “Change is growth and I love a new challenge, but giving up a dream job is hard. A move means a return to a freelance lifestyle, pursuing acting and directing gigs with other Canadian theatre companies.”
He added, “It is a welcome return to my roots and my passion, but a wrench to leave – even temporarily – the province that I now call home. But home is where the heart is and after 19 years together, my home is where Miles is.”
Anne Allan, artistic director with The Charlottetown Festival, said Lynch’s departure is a sad loss for the centre.
“He will be truly missed,” said Allan. “Wade has been devoted in his outstanding work for the festival, the School of Performing Arts, and the community, always bringing his warm personality, exceptional talent, and deep care to every project.
“He has been an inspiration for many and is an exceptional human being, colleague, and a true friend."
A Richmond, B.C. native, Lynch first came to P.E.I. in 1992 to play in The Charlottetown Festival hit, “A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline.” Over the next two decades he would delight audiences in numerous productions, including “Shear Madness,” “Eight to the Bar,” “Canada ROCKS,” “Anne of Green Gables—The Musical” and “Hairspray,” just to name a few.
Lynch also directed numerous shows with the festival, including “Dear Johnny Deere,” “The Ballad of Stompin’ Tom,” and the award-winning “Come-All-Ye,” which he co-created. In recent years, he directed “The Sound of Music” and “Wizard of Oz” in association with the Centre and Holland College-partnered School of Performing Arts, where he teaches.
Lynch will remain with Confederation Centre of the Arts until the early May.